Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Packing Tips for Traveling with Babies

Little travelers need a surprising amount of stuff! Here are some tips and a checklist of items that can help alleviate stress while traveling.

- Start preparing to pack a few days before you travel. Keep a running list of things to take, or put items out on a table or dresser as you think of them.
- Use a diaper bag with a waterproof lining and a shoulder strap.
- Be prepared for leaky diapers and baby spit-up on the airplane: Tuck an extra outfit or two for your baby – and an extra shirt for you – into your carry-on bag.
- Prevent leaks by packing medicines and toiletries in resealable plastic bags.
- Pack each of your baby's outfits in its own zipped plastic bag so you don't have to hunt around for tiny socks, shirts, and so on.
- Take your camera, battery charger, and an extra memory card.
- Take a clip-on reading light so you can read without disturbing your baby.
- Take the phone number for your baby's health care provider in case you have questions while you're on the road.

Packing Checklist
- Diapers - The rule of thumb is to take one for each hour you'll be in transit, plus extras in case of delays
- If you use cloth diapers, make sure to also take all your extra pads and cleaning essentials.
- Pad or blanket to put under your baby during diaper changes
- Blankets - Bring a few — you'll use them to lay your baby on, cover your baby, cover yourself if you're nursing, protect your clothes from messy burps, shade your baby, and more
- Nursing Shawl - if you're nursing
- Breast pump - some like the pump in style or freestyle for their convenient mobility while others prefer a manual handheld because it's smaller.
- Plastic bags - Carry a variety of sizes for storing soiled diapers, clothes, and blankets.
- Diaper rash cream. Those by Motherlove, and Earth Mama Angel Baby are among our moms' favorites.
- Wipes. Gaia Bamboo Baby Wipes are made from a soft bamboo cloth with natural and organic extracts to gently cleanse, soothe, and care for your baby's skin at changing time.
- Small bottles of disinfecting hand gel, body wash, and baby lotion.
- Tissues or Boogie Wipes
- Soothies and Extra pacifiers (if your baby uses one). Products like Sophie The Giraffe and the Caaocho Ball Rainbow Sensory Ball are an absolute must for the majority of our moms.
- A few of your baby's favorite toys. Haba and PlanToys make wonderful eco-friendly wooden toys that are high quality with no harmful additives and colorings.
- Clothes, socks, and booties or shoes - Two outfits per day is a good guideline.
- Washable bibs
- Sun hat and sunblock.
- Lightweight plastic feeding set with utensils, snack packs and baby food.
- If your baby's eating solid foods - Formula, water, and juice if necessary.
- Extra bottles, nipples, and sippy cups if appropriate
- Nightlight - Especially if you're staying at a hotel - this allows you to keep the lighting soothingly soft for middle-of-the-night diaper changes. It's also good if your baby uses one or in fact having anything familiar your baby will use to help him sleep.
- First-aid kit
- Baby pain reliever (for teething or ear aches) and supplies for treating minor injuries
- Sling/Wrap or baby carrier - Keep it lightweight - it's a wonderful hands-free way to keep your baby close in crowded places like airports.
- Portable crib or play yard - creates a safe place for your baby to sleep or play
- Inflatable baby bathtub - makes for an easier bath time at your destination
- Car seat for safer travel by car or plane
- Collapsible stroller that can be gate-checked or stored in the overhead bin of an airplane.

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